“Enchanted by these beautiful images, the audience makes no mistake and gives this must-see opera a big thumbs-up!”
Crescendo Magazine, October 31, 2023

“We are at the heart of a sublime production.”
Le Figaro, October 29, 2023

“Astor Piazzolla’s tango opera is magnificently poeticized by Daniele Finzi Pasca’s direction and Hugo Gargiulo’s set design.”
Les Temps, October 29, 2023

“A dreamlike production.”
Radio Classique, October 30, 2023

“With the support of six dancers from Compagnia Finzi Pasca, Maria Bonzanigo’s choreography, which borrows from circus technique, reveals the tightrope walk of the heroine – faced with porteño high society lined up in balconies that rise up from the stage before sinking back into its depths – and that of her memory, in the midst of supernatural evocations, such as angels amidst sulphurated strips shimmering an infernal red, or acrobatics emphasising a dreamlike narrative carried by the duende, a reinterpretation of the supernatural genius of popular Hispanic mythology”.
(Classica Agenda, October 29, 2023)

With direction and lighting design by Daniele Finzi Pasca, set design by Hugo Gargiulo and Matteo Verlicchi, choreography by Maria Bonzanigo, and costumes by Giovanna Buzzi, the tango opera María de Buenos Aires by Ástor Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer, a new co-production with the Grand Théâtre Genève and staged from October 27 to November 5, enchanted and thrilled over 10,000 spectators with seven performances that were completely sold out.
With music directed by Facundo Agudín, soprano Raquel Camarinha in the role of María and the Argentine singer Inés Cuello in the originally male role of La voz de un payador.

On stage were the artists of the Finzi Pasca Company: a intriguingly split Duende portrayed by Melissa Vettore and Beatriz Sayad, and six acrobats who danced to Piazzolla’s music (Francesco Lanciotti, Jess Gardolin, Micol Veglia, Alessandro Facciolo, Andrea Cerrato, Caterina Pio).

Alongside them were the Cercle Bach de Genève and Choeur de la Haute école de musique de Genève choirs, directed by Natacha Casagrande, and accompanied by tango soloists. João Vettore served as assistant director, Ambra Schumacher as assistant costume designer, and Pietro Maspero as assistant lighting designer.


Musical director – Facundo Agudín
Stage Direction and lighting design – Daniele Finzi Pasca
Set design – Hugo Gargiulo
Set design assistant – Matteo Verlicchi
Costume design – Giovanna Buzzi
Choreography – Maria Bonzanigo
Choir director – Natacha Casagrande


María – Raquel Camarinha
La voz de un payador – Inés Cuello
El Duende – Melissa Vettore & Beatriz Sayad
Acrobats of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca – Francesco Lanciotti, Jess Gardolin, Micol Veglia, Alessandro Facciolo, Andrea Cerrato, Caterina Pio
Choir – Cercle Bach de Genève e Choeur de la Haute école de musique de Genève directed by Natacha Casagrande, accompanied by tango soloists
Stage direction assistant – João Vettore
Costume design assistant – Ambra Schumacher
Lighting design assistant – Pietro Maspero


Co-founder – Antonio Vergamini
Project Managers – Francesca Comin e Patrizia Capellari
Visual art, photography and communication – Viviana Cangialosi
Communication and promotion – Marta Hurle
Accountant – Katia Lamacchia
Records manager – Marco Finzi Pasca
Assistant project manager – Federica Zampatti